The month of September has been a dry one here in north Georgia. This is quite a contrast to a year ago when Georgia experienced a series of floods that greatly impacted the state. Nearly 20,000 homes and businesses sustained major damage and 17 counties were officially declared a federal disaster.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, is currently updating its floodplain maps for Cobb County. The most recent flood maps are available on FEMA's Web site, www.fema.gov. They can be accessed by clicking on the "Flood Maps" link listed under "Quick Links." You can enter your exact address and find information according to where you are located. Google Earth also recently updated its aerial imagery maps, including the FEMA maps for Cobb, to the msc.fema.gov store. These maps have high resolution and even some 3-D capabilities.
Regardless of where you live, it is extremely important to be aware of your area's risk of flooding. If this is a threat, consider purchasing flood insurance to replace your home and possessions. Most importantly, be sure to have plan in place should evacuation become necessary. Use this online resource to identify areas prone to flooding. It is equally important to do so if you are planning a move in the near future.